There’s top class action on both sides of the Irish Sea today and we are hoping for a change of luck after Might Bite fell at the last in the Kauto Star Novices’ Chase when a mile clear of his nearest pursuer yesterday.
Coral Welsh Grand National
Kempton’s card today plays second fiddle to the action at Chepstow, where the Coral Welsh National is the day’s premier contest.
It could easily go the way of man of the moment Colin Tizzard as Native River runs off of the same mark as when winning the Hennessy a few weeks ago. There is little value in his price, however, so it may make sense to back him to win enough to cover stakes on a few at bigger prices.
ONENIGHTINVIENNA has been targeted at this race since running well for a long way in last season’s Grand National when still a novice. He will surely prove to be at his best over marathon trips and his win on his seasonal re-appearance at Carlisle was full of encouragement. Ground conditions are ideal.
MILANSBAR also looked a staying novice to follow after last season’s efforts, which included an excellent second in the Midlands National. He was probably in need of his summer break when disappointing in the Scottish National and ran well enough here on his seasonal debut 3 weeks ago to suggest he can be a force today.
The other one to consider is UNIONISTE, who has been bang out of form recently, but who is very well handicapped based on his best efforts. Paul Nicholls is a master at bringing horses like this back to win big races and Unioniste has always looked likely to relish a stamina test.
|Onenightinvienna (ew)||2.40 Chepstow||10/1||Bet365, Coral|
|Milansbar (ew)||2.40 Chepstow||22/1||Bet365|
|Unioniste (ew)||2.40 Chepstow||12/1||Bet365, Coral|
Coral Proud Supporters Of British Horse Racing Handicap Hurdle
The other big handicap at Chepstow for punters to get stuck into is the handicap hurdle at 1.25. Here everything seems to point to a big run for ROLLING DYLAN, who should improve for the longer trip.
|Rolling Dylan (ew)||1.25 Chepstow||4/1||Bet365|
32Red On The App Store Handicap Hurdle
There is another competitive handicap hurdle puzzle for punters to solve at Kempton at 2.55 and it could go the way of course and distance winner BELTOR, who returned to form with a win on the flat recently.
The big danger looks to be APSATOU, who hacked up on her only start in France. But has since been off the track for over 2 years.
|Beltor (ew)||2.55 Kempton||5/1||Paddy Power|
|Apsatou (ew)||2.55 Kempton||9/1||Coral|
32Red Handicap Chase
The best bet on Kempton’s card is BALLY LONGFORD in the 32Red Handicap Chase, who can land another decent price for the Tizzards. He didn’t quite last out the 3m 2f at Cheltenham last time out and should be hard to beat back at 3 miles on this flatter track.
|Bally Longford (win)||3.30 Kempton||7/2||Bet365|
Paddy Power Chase
The big race in Ireland is the Paddy Power Chase where the three we like are Peoples Park, It Came To Pass and Dromnea. All three will enjoy the ground, which is much better than is usually the case in Ireland at this time of year.
PEOPLES PARK certainly has his stamina to prove, but trainer Tom Taaffe is enjoying a revival this season and this horse looks well capable of winning off a higher mark in the future. He has a touch of class about him and has really got his act together recently.
IT CAME TO PASS was running a big race in the Foxhunters last season when falling and makes his handicap debut here off an appealing mark. He ran well for a long way over an inadequate trip last time out and connections have surely been plotting a coup with this horse for some time.
DROMNEA is a much bigger price, but does go well on this ground and has been running respectably all season.
|Peoples Park (ew)||3.00 Leopardstown||16/1||Sky Bet, Paddy Power|
|It Came To Pass (ew)||3.00 Leopardstown||14/1||Paddy Power|
|Dromnea (ew)||3.00 Leopardstown||40/1||Bet365|